Rap icon Notorious B.I.G. is finding life after death in hologram form.
The Hypnotize hitmaker's widow Faith Evans recently teased the project, and on Monday (11Apr16), bosses at ARHT Media, the company behind the latest hologram technology, confirmed the rapper's return to the stage.
ARHT Media executives secured the rights to Biggie's likeness, and are working with chiefs at ByStorm Entertainment, the company which handles the late rapper's estate, to develop a travelling "HumaGram" to be used at arena performances and as part of media campaigns.
"This project has been a long time coming, and it is very special to me," Biggie's mum Voletta Wallace says in a statement. "Words can’t even capture how elated I am for the world to finally see my son again onstage and beyond. His impact and legacy will not only live through his past work, but also the new experiences which have been made possible through ARHT Media."
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Notorious B.I.G.'s daughter has cleared up a dispute with the rapper's mentor Sean 'Diddy' Combs over a planned memorial concert in New York.
T'yanna Wallace took to Twitter on Tuesday (05Apr16) and put Diddy on blast, claiming she had not been invited to attend the hip-hop mogul's planned Bad Boy Records reunion show on 20 May (16), which is set to also mark what would have been the Juicy hitmaker's 44th birthday.
"This bad boy concert is for my dad's bday (sic) but I got NOT ONE TICKET," the 22-year-old offspring vented online. "just wanna point that out."
She went on to accuse Diddy, formerly known as Puff Daddy, of snubbing her family in recent years, adding, "Haven't spoken to Puff in years, I guess that's why I didn't get a ticket to the concert. Puff does nothing for my family. Tired of lying for his lame a**."
Continue reading: Notorious B.i.g.'S Daughter Clears The Air With Sean 'Diddy' Combs
Sean 'Diddy' Combs is reuniting with Bad Boy artists Lil' Kim and Faith Evans to honour late rapper Notorious B.I.G. on his birthday.
The rap mogul will join his former recording acts onstage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on 20 May (16). Mase, French Montana, Total, 112, Marion Winans, Jay Z and Mary J Blige will also make appearances at the show, according to Billboard.com.
"This isn't just another concert, this is hip-hop history," a statement from the rapper reads. "The Bad Boy Family includes some of the biggest names in music and songs that helped define a whole generation of music. Also, we are celebrating one of the greatest of all time - Notorious B.I.G. This will be a night to remember. I can't wait to see you all there."
The artists will perform music spanning 20 years, but Faith, who was married to the late rapper, is also working on a new duets album featuring her late husband, entitled The King & I.
Continue reading: Sean 'Diddy' Combs Organising Bad Boy Reunion Show
Notorious B.I.G.'s widow Faith Evans is working on bringing the tragic rapper back to life as a hologram.
The Juicy hitmaker, real name Christopher Wallace, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997, aged just 24.
Now his former wife, R&B singer Faith, is working on a number of projects to keep his memory alive, including her previously-announced duets album, The King & I, which is expected to be released this September (16).
During a new interview on the Dame Dash Radio Show, Faith revealed the recording is in its "finishing stages", admitting she is surprised at how well the songs are turning out with the help of modern technology.
Continue reading: Faith Evans Working On Biggie Hologram
Rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s estate has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit.
Poet Abiodun Oyewole, also known as Tunes by Dune, is suing executors of the estate for $24 million (GBP16.9 million), claiming he wrote a musical compilation titled When the Revolution Comes, which was reportedly sampled in the late rapper's 1993 song Party and Bulls**t.
The poet claims he was planning to launch legal action against the late rapper, real name Christopher Wallace, before he was murdered in 1997, and he didn't feel comfortable going after Wallace's widow, Faith Evans, or his mother Voletta.
Lil' Kim has released a tribute song in memory of her late mentor Notorious B.I.G. on the 19th anniversary of his death.
The rap icon, real name Christopher Wallace, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on 9 March, 1997, and 19 years later, his legacy lives on through his family and friends, including LIL' KIM, who honoured her one-time boyfriend with a new track on Wednesday (09Mar16).
The female emcee, who Biggie recruited for his Junior Mafia Crew in 1995, teamed up with rapper Maino for the song Did It for Brooklyn, a shout out to their hometown of New York.
"He became my friend, my lover, my everything," Kim tells Entertainment Weekly of her late pal. "I was his biggest fan. He knew I would be the number one female artist. He knew I would be the biggest female rapper. I think I inspired him to want to do different things and be different. We were a match made in heaven, like Sonny and Cher or Ashford and Simpson."
Continue reading: Lil' Kim Drops Biggie Tribute Track On Death Anniversary
R&b Star Faith Evans Is Still Hopeful Los Angeles Police Department Detectives Will Reopen The Investigation Into The Murder Of Her Late Husband Notorious B.i.g., 19 Years After He Was Gunned Down.
The rap icon, real name Christopher Wallace, was killed in a drive-by shooting in L.A. in 1997, six months after his hip-hop rival Tupac Shakur's death, but the gunman has never been caught.
Evans, who was married to Biggie at the time of the tragedy, has now opened up about the unsolved murder, calling on LAPD officials to share exactly what they know - amid longrunning claims suggesting cops played a role in his death.
"All we can do is hope that that happens," she tells HuffPost Live of her hopes of the case reopening. "But we're just happy that we're here to preserve his legacy and (make sure) his kids are happy and they're living great lives."
Continue reading: Faith Evans Wants Biggie Murder Case Reopened
The Actor Who Played Rapper Notorious B.i.g. In A 2009 Biopic Is Set To Reprise The Character In An Upcoming Movie About Tupac Shakur.
Rapper/actor Jamal Woolard gained 50 pounds (22.7 kilograms) to portray the late hip-hop star, real name Christopher Wallace, in Notorius, and producers of Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me have now reportedly asked him to play the music legend once again.
Newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr., who plays Shakur, posted a picture on Instagram.com showing himself and Woolard posing outside their trailers near the movie set.
R&B star Keyshia Cole will make her acting debut in the biopic, and CSI: NY actor Hill Harper is also part of the cast.
Continue reading: Notorious B.i.g. Actor To Reprise Role In Tupac Shakur Biopic
Mark Ronson used to spend three days a week waiting outside record label offices on the off chance of bumping into the A&R manager so he could show them his demos.
Mark Ronson spent three days a week waiting outside record label offices.
The 'Uptown Funk' hitmaker was desperate to get his big break and would skip school so he could wait near the buildings for the right person to come out and notice his music.
He said: ''You got gigs just by hustling, trying to get your break. If you wanted to play a new song that wasn't in the shops, the only way to get it was to go up to the label and wait for the promo guy to come out. That was three days of my week: cutting school, trying to get promos.
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Missy Elliott Hailed Late Stars Including Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.i.g., Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes And Aaliyah In Her First U.k. Performance For Five Years As She Closed Britain's Bestival On Sunday (13sep15).
During her set, which included a cameo from rap newcomer Sharaya J, the Work It hitmaker asked fans to hold up the light on their cell phones for a special tribute.
Before performing For My People, she said, "Shout out to Tupac, Biggie, Left Eye, Jam Master Jay, and Aaliyah. I do this for my girl Aaliyah. Aaliyah, we miss you," as a photograph of the late singer appeared behind her.
Elliott's set on the main stage brought the event to an end, closing with a blaze of fireworks.
Continue reading: Missy Elliott Pays Tribute To Late Stars At Festival
Date of birth
21st May, 1972
Date of death
9th March, 1997